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Night falls; stars are showing; yet I’m still perspiring. We set off in darkness into a night filled with hope. Our goal is to see one of the rarest creatures on Earth, a species once considered extinct, and for which even now fate hangs in the balance.

It is a bat, but not just any bat. This quest involves a large, mostly black fruit bat that as recently as the 1970s was considered extinct. This search for a fabled creature is the kind of quest that fires up my adrenalin; it is a near-impossible goal, but one with at least a sliver of a chance.

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